Yesterday, November 14, 2015, was the Orange Audubon Society’s “Return to the Roost” Hayride at Orlando Wetlands Park. The idea was to have 20 birders with binoculars climb onto a trailer with benches, and do some bird watching as the sun went down. The benches made it easy for me to get a group shot —BUT!
The one thing that was missing was the sun. With overcast sky, most of the latent color had to be brought out by Lightroom.
However, these people were outdoor Audubon Society type personalities, and understood Florida’s fickle weather conditions. They appreciated just touring through this beautiful place, and were thankful that it wasn’t pouring rain. We did get a chance to see some bird life such as Red Shouldered Hawks, a variety of wading birds, a few OFOs, and an occasional alligator.
Rachel, our driver took us to Alan R. Oyler Overlook at the north end of the wetlands, which was intended to be the spot for a terrific sunset. But with the sun being absent, we focused our attention on the otherwise overlooked scene on the overlook’s other side—the roosting hideout of the abundant wading birds—mostly White Ibis who were flying in for the night.
A surprise treat, and a great view from the hilltop.
Jenise Osani decided to use her cell phone for a photo of her family with the roosting birds in the background.
This trip was the brainstorm of Danielle Ponsolle-Heiberg, Orange Audubon’s Publicity Director, who planned and organized it.
These photos were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II, with a Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. Because of the dark overcast and the late hour, most of the above exposures were at f/4, ISO 800 and up to 3200. The photo below was taken at f/4, 0.3 sec., and ISO 6400 on the bumpy road home. The only available light was from the truck lights and Christina Clingman’s cell phone.